Report: Bandai Namco Recruiting For A Smash Bros. Game Coming In 2015

By Sato . April 7, 2014 . 2:00am

Something is going on with Super Smash Bros. While Nintendo will be talking about their new Smash Bros. games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in a Nintendo Direct on Tuesday, Game Jouhou reports a recruitment listing from Bandai Namco—who are developing the new games—for a “Smash Bros. 6,” scheduled for release in 2015.

 

According to Game Jouhou’s report, Bandai Namco recently posted a recruitment ad on a Japanese career job opportunity website, e-Career FA, with a listing for programmers for “Smash Bros. 6,” which is expected to be released sometime in 2015 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The page has been taken down, but Jouhou managed to take a screenshot (right) before it went down.

 

The recruitment page notes that the project currently has 120 people working on it, and they expect that number to increase to 200. At the moment, they’re in need of programmers for various roles, who will then be put into different teams to handle characters, stages, 3D programming, motion, game mode, mini-games, menu, UI, and more.

 

Additionally, the following message is also listed on the recruitment page:

 

“Social games are currently a big hit, but the current state of job opportunities for making retail games is critically low. In the midst of this, this will likely be your only chance to be part of a development project for the Smash Bros. [series], which has surpassed a total of 10 million in worldwide sales. And Bandai Namco believes that now is the best time to recruit programmers for retail games.”

 

Note that, so far, we’ve only had three Super Smash Bros. titles. This year’s Wii U and 3DS games would count as the fourth. Director Masahiro Sakurai has said that the two versions will be similar—if not identical—in terms of their character roster, but that the Wii U version will feature more stages from console games, while the 3DS version will focus more on stages from portable games. There will be other differences between the two, but the point remains that the two games together are generally thought of as “Smash Bros. 4”. Or at least, they have been so far.

 

There are a couple of possibilities here. The first—and most likely—is that the “6” is simply a typo or a result of miscommunication, and that the Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS has been delayed to 2015. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Nintendo have delayed a marquee title in order to let it cook a little longer. Given the Wii U’s poor sales, this alone is of significance.

 

The other—and this is more far-fetched—is that the 3DS and Wii U Super Smash Bros. games are being counted as the fourth and fifth in the series, and that “Smash Bros. 6” is an entirely different (or perhaps updated) version of the game being released next year. This seems rather unlikely, but we’ll entertain the possibility, just in case.

 

Something to note: While the original recruitment page has apparently been deleted from e-career FA, it doesn’t appear to be fake. Tatsuya Matsumura, a consultant who uploaded the ad, seems to still have all of his other recruitment ads live on the website, which includes career opportunities for other companies such as Square Enix, Capcom, Tecmo Koei, and various mobile developers.

 

Upon further research, Matsumura appears to have been in the business of a career consultant to connect developers and software companies with programmers and engineers since 2011. He currently specializes in getting people in touch with gaming and software developers, and has successfully helped the recruitment of over 2,000 people thus far.

 

Either way, Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS should prove to be interesting.

 

Food for thought:

Last year, The Pokémon Company trademarked “Pokkén Tournament” and “Pokkén Fighters,” which sounds like some sort of Pokémon game that draws influence from Bandai Namco’s Tekken series of fighting games. Is Namco’s Smash Bros. team going to be involved with that title as well?


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  • FlameEmperor

    Please……. Don’t tell me Smash Bros will be released next year Q.Q…………

  • Heat Man

    Could be a typo, but “Smash Bros. 6″ appears in the listing twice.

  • anthony apduhan

    Smash Bros Victory Fusion confirmed for Nintendo Fusion on 2020?

  • Tonton Ramos

    Super Duper Smash n Bash Bros 6 Arcade Edition?!

    • Weird Al Yankovic

      They said Namco Bandai, not Capcom.

      • ArmoredBoar

        You know Soul Calibur 3: Arcade Edition was a thing, right?

        • The Watcher

          but it’s Soul Calibur… lol

          • Francis Harbord

            Super Smash Bros. for Arcade?
            Nintendo & Namco do have a deep relationship together so it could be possible, they did make three Mario Kart games for the Arade. GP, GP2, and GP DX, so why not?

          • ForteWily

            You know now that I think about it, an Arcade Edition would not be such a bad idea.

          • Pinwheel

            So?

    • God

      You missed “Ultra Godly”

  • Sachiko Shinozaki

    please let it be real. I want my well polished Smash Bros in 2015.

  • hazelnut1112

    I was hoping for a delay. I wouldn’t mind if it means polishing the hell out of the game and maybe enough time to maybe add an extra character or two than what was originally planned.

    • Crevox

      From what he said in interviews, they have to be careful of the character count regardless due to 3DS restrictions. Extra time may not even afford them new characters.

      http://kotaku.com/an-in-depth-chat-with-the-genius-behind-super-smash-bro-530744390

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        Seems kind of dumb considering there’s no cross-platform play.

      • Beat

        3ds restrictions ARE NOT an issue, at least quantity wise. What he meant by ads limitations was having small multi bodied characters like Olimar’s pikmin. 3ds cards can hold up to 8gb, and Brawl consisted of 7.8 gb.

  • Ethan_Twain

    I just CAN’T believe that Smash Bros would be delayed out of this year. The investors would have Iwata’s head.

    You know what I could believe though? That one of the many talented engineers working on this game from Namco Bandai asked Mr. Sakurai “Hey, do you wanna start planning some additional content to release digitally after the game comes out? Maybe throw in a bonus character or mode or something? Here, it’s easy. Lemme show you how to do it.”

    Mr. Sakurai, despite needing some coaxing, eventually comes to realize that post release DLC not only offers additional revenue streams but is a potential platform for putting MORE Kirby characters in the game! This finally sells him on the concept, and a team is organized to begin planning and developing additional Smash Bros content. That, very likely, is the project Namco is recruiting for.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Not confirmed

    • mojack411

      That is a very possible possibility that I would not mind seeing. Honestly, though, I really wouldn’t be surprised if the games get delayed to 2015. Investment environment or not, I’m just conditioned to expect delays from Nintendo at this point.

    • Kaetsu

      I don’t like DLC but if it’s for Smash then I will buy it.

    • Guy_McDude

      Don’t get your hopes up. Nintendo precedent suggests delays followed by delays.

  • Engi3Piece

    I see it now, Nintendo Direct.
    “Due to …….Super Samsh Bros WiiU and Super smash Bros 3DS will be delay sometime until 2015. Please understand” ~Iwata.

    I really hope it doesn’t happen though…maybe early 2015……?

    • JMaster3000

      Nintendo knows how to share pain.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Sakurai is most likely Directing it

    • TheGioG

      Freakouts galore. Hell, if they are ALREADY planning ahead for the 6th Smash Bros game, then my body is in a greater state of readiness than before for whatever they’re announcing on tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct.

    • subsamuel01

      I don’t think Nintendo can afford to let Smash Bros slip into next year, hopefully that’s not the case.

      • keithmaxx

        Oh they can afford it alright, with billions of yen in the bank. Being Nintendo, they’ll release it when it’s ready, not when the market demands it.

        • ShadowRegulus

          I suppose. Though if they intend to sell the Wii U, they should probably have more in store for 2014 than Mario Kart 8. I know we just had Tropical Freeze and all, but after MK8 is released, that’s a 6 month drought. Nintendo can afford it, but the Wii U probably can’t afford another gap like that. Especially if its competitors manage to pump out something in the mean time.

          Also, there’s Iwata’s job that’s on the line too, with the June of trials coming up.

  • Slayven19

    So a smash bros game with namco characters in it? I’ll take it if that’s what it is.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    The only thing I took seriously out of this is the “2015″ number. I swear to everything, if Iwata comes on tomorrow and says “Smash Brothers has been delayed to 2015″ a LOT and I mean A LOT of people will be done with Nintendo. That saddens me as a true lover of Nintendo because Smash Bros is to raise the Wii U sales. If that’s the case, the Wii U, Nintendo and Iwata’s position is in jeopardy.

    • Nana

      Hardly. Don’t kid yourself, your impatience means little in the grand sheme of things.

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        The grand scheme, is what I mentioned above. A lot of people will only THINK of purchasing a Wii U when SSB comes out. It has little to do with my “impatience” and more to do with, Nintendo needs this game for future Wii U success. Clearly you failed to understand the concern I mentioned.
        If you watch any form of videos, or read any form of article, you’ll come to see Smash Bros, and a few other high profile titles are what Nintendo needs THIS YEAR. Any later and they’ll lose any relevance. Not like I want that, I absolutely love Nintendo so they need this game sooner than later.

        • DJPr3tty

          i play my Wii U because of other games. There are tons of great games on it, but people are so concerned because it doesn’t have a large library. What they fail to see is it has a WAY larger fun library than the XB1 or PS4 atm, but people only see it as “not next gen”. People need to get over themselves. Play the effing games they want on whatever console. I’m happy with the WiiU and its upcoming line up. DGAF if Smash is delayed for a few months I’m still getting my moneys worth with Mario 3d World, DKC, Zelda WW HD, NES Remix.

        • Hexodious

          At least Iwata announce a delay if it would come to that. Trust me, we got harder smacks in the face than that.

        • Kaetsu

          A lot of people will only THINK of purchasing a Wii U when Mario Kart 8 comes out. Smash sells very well but obviously not as much as you think.

    • Herok♞

      If Smash Bros is what people are considering getting a Wiiu for then it won’t matter if it comes this year or next. I already own my Wiiu and it does need game but I would be fine waiting longer for Smash Bros if it means getting a better project still without the need for dlc later. Meaning I rather pay with time than money for more content.

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Whats wrong with dlc for new stages, characters and more with newer games that come out from Nintendo? Is a steady stream of optional content bad?

    • TalesOfBS

      Done with Nintendo? no.
      Mad and wanting Iwata fired? yes.

    • subsamuel01

      Iwata job may be on the line in June, if he lets one if Nintendo’s biggest IPs after Mario Kart slip into 2015 after he promised them at the last meeting that the game would come out in 2014 it maybe the last we see of Iwata as Nintendo President. I guess we’ill find out tomorrow.

  • Zer0faith

    SSB 4 (possibly) Delayed to 2015?!

    http://nooooooooooooooo.com/vader.jpg

  • neocatzon

    Namco Bandai + Smash = imo DLCs incoming.
    Whether this is true or not, Smash is a popular franchise. More money for Nintendo so they can stay afloat doesn’t sound half bad.

    • doubleO7

      Honestly, I don’t think I’d mind post-release character and stage DLC, as long as it was reasonably priced.

    • Kaetsu

      I’m perfectly fine with Smash DLC. I’ve wanted it for a long time now. Think about all the characters you want to see in Smash that didn’t make it into the game. With DLC they can easily be added. I just hope they come free or something cheap.

    • Beat

      I would love to see Smash bros DLC, but I don’t think the dlc could count as a “Smash Bros 6″

      • neocatzon

        Following the possibilities mindset in article above, SB6 can be anything. DLC, updated game or new game. Anything. Direct is near, there should be an answer for all of us.

  • http://people.ign.com/rob1610 rob1610

    I’m willing to bet the “Smash Bros” part was a typo. For all we know, they could’ve meant Soul Calibur 6.

    • Shippoyasha

      Yeah, but all signs indicate Project Soul is in an indefinite purgatory. Especially after Namco slave-drove SC5 and forced the team to make a new game in an extreme time crunch + that weird free to play Soul game recently. I’m afraid they won’t give it a grand release anytime soon.

      • http://people.ign.com/rob1610 rob1610

        True. I just couldn’t find any other Bandai Namco fighting series that has only 5 numbered games so far.

      • ronin4life

        Some food for thought:

        Nintendo apparently likes to save games in purgatory.

        People have been suggesting they may have saved another since last year.(EDIT or rather, obtained an exclusive that will “Anger more people than Bayonetta”

        SSB has most likely surpassed 20Mill. in WW sales, But Soul Calibur was around 13 million in 2012. From the article:
        “…Smash Bros. [series], which has surpassed a total of 10 million in worldwide sales. And Bandai Namco believes that now is the best time to recruit programmers for retail games.”

        The listing also implies the series is in trouble, though we know SSB is not in any danger itself.

        • Shippoyasha

          I would usually agree, though it seems fighting games don’t really command that much respect unless it’s called Street Fighter or Tekken, sales wise. I’d love for anyone to rescue Soul Calibur, but then they still have to deal with Bamco bureaucracy, which is extremely gunshy about new releases these days.

          • KnifeAndFork

            Namco’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle and Gundam Extreme VS sold more than double the amount Tekken 6 and Vanilla Street Fighter IV sold in Japan…

    • Godspoken

      That’s a pretty huge typo…

  • anthony apduhan

    I wouldn’t mind Smash being delayed as long as 45-50 characters are in the roster…

    • doubleO7

      They’ve already said it’ll have less characters than Brawl. If the new Smash really has been delayed, it probably wasn’t to load it up with a bunch of new characters.

      • Showmeyomoves

        Sakurai never said there would be less characters; he said they weren’t going to focus on increasing the roster just to have more characters.

        • doubleO7

          I could’ve sworn he specifically said there would be less characters due to the size restrictions of the 3DS cartridges.

          • Link

            He said nothing of the sort. Besides 3DS Cartridges go up to 8 GB. Brawl’s entirety was only 7.4 GB.

          • Beat

            ^This. Stop the stupid rumors.

          • Jared Krinsky

            Also, since they are taking out the Story mode, it will have a lot more room since that did take a lot of space.

          • Kaetsu

            He said that it would be roughly the same as Brawl. He never said anything about it being smaller or larger.

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    Taken this as a grain of salt.

  • pokeroi

    Super smash 3ds and wii u are the 4th and 5th since the first day they are announced.

    • Beat

      Which is which?

      • pokeroi

        i don’t know exactly, but I remember at that time Sakurai said that in a interview I think.

  • Scarletmoonwish

    Now I’m going to be biting me nails during the direct tomorrow, I’m preparing myself for the worst and having popcorn ready for the rants.

  • fairysun

    My guess:
    Bandai Namco is going to build its own Smash Brothers. They have a library of characters to choose from. Tekken, Tales of, Soul Calibur, etc.

  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    “The two have so far been thought of as Smash Bros. 4″?

    Okay, no, why do people discredit the interview Sakurai had with Kotaku where he specifically said that the two versions are Smash Bros. 4 AND 5? That was said literally the day of it’s E3 reveal.

    • KingGunblader

      So… which is 4 and which is 5?

      • JB2448

        Going by the logo and the order of the title (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U), I’d assume Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the fourth version, which Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the fifth version.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      He referred to them as the fourth and fifth versions of Smash Bros. He didn’t specifically name them 4 and 5, which is also why Kotaku didn’t use numerals for his statement. On their website, on Miiverse, and in their press releases so far, Nintendo have always referred to the two games collectively and treated them as two sides of the same coin.

      Now, granted, this recruitment ad could be doing the same thing, and talking about a “sixth version” of Smash Bros., but when reporting something like this, the responsible thing to do is point out the likely possibilities in light of the information that is currently out there.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/BaoZakeruga BaoZakeruga

    Don’t be delayed ;_;

  • Nintendojitsu

    I expected better from Siliconera to report rumor as fact.

    • Anewme…Again

      Well, Siliconera quality as a whole have dropped since last year, it’s still better then most other gaming websites out there, but not as good as it used to be.

      • benhofb

        Mind you, they never stated outright that this is fact. Sato says multiple times within the article that they are “entertaining the [possibilities]“. He never once came out and said, “SMASH BROS 6 COMING 2015, WOO.” As far as I am concerned, Siliconera is running as good as it always does.

        • ronin4life

          Siliconera has changed as all net entities do, though I agree with you that it is mostly if not wholly as good as it has always been.

          However, Most often Rumors and other second hand oddities are ignored and not reported on here. So it is at least a little strange to see this on Siliconera.

  • http://meikiyou.deviantart.com meikiyou

    Maybe smash bross 6 is a game like project x zone :C

  • Tincho Kudos

    Maybe the development for the next smash begins in 2015? I don’t think they will delay Smash Bros. even considering tomorrow’s Direct

    • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

      No idea why everyone else isn’t saying this. Maybe people just want bad news.

      • Tincho Kudos

        People (including me) like to complain.

  • TalesOfBS

    Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct headline:

    2015, Please understand.

    Jokes aside, i can take SMTxFE and the new Zelda being 2015 releases. But SB no, just no.
    Maybe someone did this on purpose to get more people interested in the next ND…

  • NeoPancho

    Maybe… Nintendo’s QoL new system being released with a Smash Bros game in 2015?!

    • ronin4life

      I wondered that myself.

    • Kaetsu

      I doubt that thing is coming out next year but who knows.

      • NeoPancho

        Nintendo is supposed to tell us more about that QoL thing in this E3, but yeah, who knows.
        Maybe we can get a clearer picture about what to make of this report at tonight Smash Bros direct.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    I know its gonna sound dumb because it will hurt WiiU sales but, I hope its just SSB4 being delayed. As much as I would like it, I would rather it be delayed than SSB becoming a yearly franchise that degrades in quality every year, or is more or less the same thing over and over with minute changes.

  • J_Joestar

    How long after the previous game’s release do they usually start Smash development? it would feel too soon as there wouldn’t be as much new material to draw inspiration from yet between Smashes..

    • Beat

      Brawl was released in 2008, development for ssb4 began in…2011 or 2012 I think?

  • ronin4life

    It says “WiiU and 3ds” Meaning that the announced titles can’t be 4 AND 5…
    Else, this would be “6 & 7″.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Soul Calibur 6 with Nintendo Backing.

    • doubleO7

      If it were Soul Calibur, it probably would’ve said Soul Calibur 6 instead of Smash Bros 6.

      • ronin4life

        We can assume the number was a mistake, but not the title?

        As I see it, There have been 5 SC games and 3 SSB games, and We are relying on nothing but speculation here in the first place to come up with possibilities. That Namdai could be making a SC game with cooperation from Nintendo(as original reports of SC6 seem to indicate development problems), that the teams be the same and that a mis-communication occurred that resulted in the wrong title being posted is just as far fetched as anything else.

        Yes, it seems like more of a stretch to get a whole name wrong, But This whole thing is kind of ridiculous right now anyway. Just throwing out another ridiculous possibility.

    • TalesOfBS

      If they bring link there then i can forgive them for the lack of SC2 port on the Wii U.

  • Art Lumidraco

    It was pretty obvious, game needs to be highly polished still

    • ronin4life

      Nothing that has been shown makes that obvious to me.

      But I have always found the 2014 release to be to quick a turnaround, and wouldn’t mind waiting at all(and have actually been wondering if a 2015 release date would be announced). The dev situation for this title has always confused me, from the announcement to the relatively quick reveal.
      @.@;;;

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Hate me for saying this but having Smash bros coming out a year later isn’t a bad idea.. That means they could work out issues/bug and hell maybe a larger roster and more goodies . We don’t want a rushed game now do wii? “Please understand”

    • TalesOfBS

      I don’t have a problem with it as long as they have something as good as it to take its place.

  • MyBodyisReady

    I think the typo may have been “Smash bros.” Maybe the press release meant “Soul Calibur 6.” Smash bros has sold over 20 million copies as a series. Whereas Soul Calibur is just around 12 million I think?

  • Slickyslacker

    They already declared the games to release this year.

    Would they go back on their promise…?

    • KingGunblader

      You say that like this is the first time a Smash Bros. game (or pretty much any Nintendo game for that matter) has been delayed.

  • Seta Soujiro

    Sakurai actually said that SSB Wii U/3DS are the 4th and 5th iteration respectively so it’s only logical that the next one is SSB6.

    That can only mean…SSB FOR MOBILE COMING IN 2015!!!!!!! Ok, that was a terrible joke.. ^_^;

    • Kaetsu

      It just doesn’t make sense to release another iteration of Smash a year after especially with a series that ages so well.

  • Christian Wright

    I hope this means a new Nintendo console with no gimmicks and Smash Bros 6 as a launch title

    • TechTinker11

      Hopefully a PS5 and a $box with no gimmicks too, please!

      • TalesOfBS

        I would rather have versions of them that can actually run games in 1080p@60fps as advertised by them instead of this mess.

  • Luckeh

    Hopefully Nintendo won’t be Sega by then.

    • TechTinker11

      Does NO ONE know why SEGA went out?

  • Logan Wayman

    Well that’s stupid! SSB U & SSB 3D are one in the same game! Well, maybe the release date is for SSB5.

  • Eder García

    SUPER Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/WiiU: Ultra Arcade Edition with Decapre as guest character

  • Nanashrew

    Should be updated that it was taken down. Also there is evidence Sakurai has said his goal is 2014 and Iwata stated in multiple financial briefings that is was coming in 2014.

    If were to change to 2015 this would be sudden after all those times stating 2014.

    • doubleO7

      It was noted as being taken down. See paragraph two.

  • Hexodious

    Meh. I’m not interested in the game. Sure i’ll pick it up when it comes over, but i’m not really hyped for it, if it delays so be it.

    My hype belong to some other games right now.

  • Roll Caskett

    Why they don’t release it this year ? If it come out next year then i am sure a lot of hype is going to die down and not to mention a lot of PS4 & Xbox One exclusive games coming out next year. I predict this only going to sell 500k or 1m at best.

  • Abel_Nightroad

    Well that’s another bad thing of having an external developer working on one of your flagship franchise : the lack of information control. The other and most obvious one is that i don’t see Namco Bandai not using all that know-how for producing their own Smash Bros clone on multiple plaltforms.

    Nintendo is struggling with HD development on a “fighting” game (an arena and 4 characters) and unable to develop it internally, i’m curious to see how they will address the Zelda case with a much grander scale and manpower requirement.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      It’s always been an external developer. Brawl was developed by Game Arts.

      Also, it’s a little unfair to simply wave Smash off as a fighting game, because the fact of the matter is that it’s much more chaotic than your typical fighter. It tends to have many more characters, it all sorts of crazy physics at work, items and Assist Trophies, and now the customization that they’ve talked about in the 3DS version.

  • Guy_McDude

    If this turns out to be true than it illustrates management has no idea what they’re doing. How do you work on something for two years(at a quarter of the staff of the previous game) and then decide you need to double the team in what should be time to go golden.

    Nintendo’s penny pinching is going to bite them.

  • Chaos_Knight

    It could be 6 DLCs for Sm4sh.

  • Daniel Blanco

    There was an interview with Sakurai – on IGN if I recall – stating that internally the 3DS and Wii U games are Smash Bros. 4 and 5 respectively. So Smash Bros. 6 is still in-line with the current standing of their numbering convention.

  • John Lawson

    Annual Release + Smash Bros. = Dead to me.

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